CHS Scholarships for Seniors


Welcome to Central High School scholarship page! Scholarships will be listed in order of due date and will include access to the scholarship application. It is important that you follow the due date listed on this page and not on the scholarship application. Scholarship applications need to be turned in to the Counseling Office by the due date listed below. This allows us time to review your applications and contact you if we find any errors or missing documents before we send it. If you apply for scholarships through an online application and need a transcript or other documents mailed please see Mrs. Richardson or Mrs. McCamy.

A list of scholarships typically available through the Counseling Office throughout the year are listed in the Scholarship & College Planning Guide 2020-21. Please note this is to be used as a guide only! The scholarships and deadlines listed in the guide were developed from last year's database and are not a complete list of all scholarships available. This page will provide you with the updated eligibility criteria and scholarship applications. As scholarships become available during the year we will post them here.

Please keep track of the scholarships you receive throughout the year (this includes scholarships from the colleges you have applied to). We will ask for this information at the end of the year when seniors take the Senior Exit Survey.

***Important: When working on scholarships, make sure that you are using a computer device that allows you to save and/or print.

***Many times a scholarship will ask for an activities list. We have attached a few samples of what it should look like.

Activity List samples.pdf  


Name: Equitable Excellence Scholarship Program

Amount: $2,500-25,000

Deadline: January 21, 2021 (or the first 10,000 applicants - whichever comes first)

Equitable Excellence award winners come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, but are united by their drive, determination, and strong character. Applicants to the Equitable Excellence Scholarship must: Demonstrate courage, strength and wisdom as shown by community impact through volunteer service; Be high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States; Be a United States citizen or legal resident living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. As part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf before the program closes. Pick a recommender that can speak directly to your social responsibility activities, not just a teacher or counselor unless they worked directly with you on the accomplishment you identified. We are looking for adult individuals or professionals who you have worked with, collaborated with, or assisted you in accomplishing your social impact project and goals. More information and application available online:

Name: UMSL Freshman Competitive Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 22, 2021

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers several scholarships for which students are considered automatically when they are admitted to UMSL. Other scholarships require students to submit an online scholarship application. The link to the scholarship application can be found on this page:


Name: Missouri State University Hutchens/SGA Centennial Leaders Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-2,500

Deadline: January 22, 2021

Missouri State University offers this scholarship to students who either rank in the top 50% or their class (or have 3.0/4.0 GPA) combined with an ACT score of 20.  A successful applicant will excel in three of four areas of involvement: Leadership, Volunteerism, Performing Arts and Athletics. More information and application available online at


Name: Missouri State University Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship

Amount: $4,000 (plus $1,000 for on-campus housing)

Deadline: January 22, 2021

Missouri State offers this scholarship to students who have demonstrated commitment to the promotion of diversity and inclusion. Applicants must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be from a historically underrepresented group
  • Be from a low socio-economic background
  • Be a first-generation student (i.e. neither of your parent(s)/guardian(s) has a bachelor’s degree)


Your academic performance and your record of school and community service will also be considered. Applicants must have submitted an application for admissions, required test scores and transcript, and the FAFSA by January 30. More information and application available online at


Name: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 25, 2021

The Daughters of the American Revolution society (DAR) offers multiple scholarships available for deserving students with certain majors and criteria. Applicants must be prepared to submit the following information with the application: personal statement of 1,000 words of less, high school transcript, one page activity list, and a photocopy of U.S. Citizenship. You will be asked to provide contact information for at least two people to serve as a reference for you. Specific scholarship information available online at Apply online here:


Name: College Covered Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 25, 2021

One winner will be chosen every month. Applicants only need to complete the online application once and can be considered for this scholarship throughout the entire sweepstakes, which runs until January 31, 2021. Application online at


Name: Union Plus Scholarship Program

Amount: $500-4,000

Deadline: January 25, 2021

Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children can apply for a Union Plus Scholarship. Must be in a one-year continuous good standing union membership (satisfied by May 31, 2021) with a union participating in any Union Plus Program. Application available online at


Name: William C. Vincent Scholarship - for future MU Students (Local)

Amount: $9,000 

Deadline: January 25, 2021

This scholarship was established by the William C. Vincent family in order to provide scholarship awards to students from St. Joseph, MO who are planning to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia. High school applicants must have a minimum ACT score of 20. This scholarship is not necessarily based on financial need. First preference will be for seniors at Central High School who will be business majors planning to enroll at MU. Second preference will be for seniors at Central High School who are majoring in any field and planning to enroll at MU. Submit the following documents to the Counseling Office: 1. completed application; 2. essay; 3. financial aid award letter from MU (if not available by February 1st, you will submit later). Click here for the application. 


Name: William C. Vincent Scholarship Renewal - for current MU Students (Local)

Amount: $9,000 

Deadline: January 25, 2021

This renewal application is for current University of Missouri-Columbia students who are recipients of the William C. Vincent scholarship.  The award is renewable for up to a total of four (4) years if the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA (B) and is making satisfactory progress towards a business degree (or other degree if student is selected from second/third preference requirements). The application, along with required documents (official college transcript and essay about your continued need for this scholarship/career goals) must be faxed, emailed, or postmarked by February 1, 2021 in order to be considered for renewal. Failure to do so will result in loss of scholarship. Submit the following documents to the Counseling Office: 1. completed application; 2. essay; 3. financial aid award letter from MU. Click here for the application.

Name: Missouri Western State University (MWSU) Freshman Competitive Scholarships 
Amount: Varies
Deadline: January 25, 2021
To apply for MWSU competitive scholarships, students must complete the General Scholarship Application by February 1. Please note there is only one general scholarship application for all competitive scholarships. Additional applications are typically required for scholarships offered by the Department of Music. This application also includes the William C. Vincent ($3200) scholarship. Apply online:

Name: Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) Freshman Competitive Scholarships
Amount: Varies
Deadline: January 25, 2021
To be considered for all of the general and departmental scholarships, you only have to complete one scholarship application through your CatPAWS account. Students will be asked to provide activities they have participated in, honors they have received, positions they have held, provide short answers, and upload attachments (resumes, transcripts, etc.). More information is available online at


Name: University of Central Missouri (UCM) Foundation Scholarships
Amount: Varies
Deadline: January 25, 2021

Future UCM students must complete the UCM Scholarship Finder application online. More information available online at (You can still apply after February 1, 2021, as some scholarships will still be awarded after that date.)


Name: National Federation of the Blind Missouri Scholarship

Amount: $500-2,500

Deadline: January 25, 2021

Applicants must be legally blind and plan to enroll in a post-secondary school for the fall of 2021. Applicants should live in Missouri but need not be a member of the National Federation of the Blind. A complete application consists of the online application form and a student essay, plus these supporting documents: student transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a letter from an NFB of Missouri Scholarship Committee member, and proof of legal blindness. Apply online at


Name: Jackie Robinson Foundation
Amount: up to $30,000
Deadline: January 25, 2021
Through its Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice. To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must be a minority student who also must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;

  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;

  • Show leadership potential;

  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;

  • Present evidence of financial need;

  • Be a United States citizen;

  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;

The required components of the Jackie Robinson Foundation application are: The online application, which includes four essay questions; A professional, hi-resolution digital photo (headshots only, in a JPEG format); One letter of recommendation (e.g. a teacher, a mentor, a counselor, an employer); SAT or ACT scores. Apply online at


Name: James L. & Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship

Amount: Covers cost of tuition + $2,000 for additional fees

Deadline: January 25, 2021

Applicants to the James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship Program must meet the following criteria:


1.     Be Missouri resident

2.     Be graduating seniors from a Missouri high school who plans to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the entire upcoming academic year at an accredited four-year college or university

3.     Demonstrate limited financial resources with a family adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less and an expected family contribution toward college of $7,000 or less

4.     Have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 


Students must upload the following documents: high school transcript and a copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information Page. Everything must be submitted electronically. Request your transcript online from the CHS Office website and indicate it is for the Westlake scholarship --  include your SCHOOL email address. One online recommendation form must be submitted on the student’s behalf also. Application and more information available online at

Name: McDonald’s HACER Scholarship

Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: January 27, 2021

Eligibility requirements: be a high school senior; be a legal U.S. resident; be younger than 21 years old; carry a minimum 2.8 GPA; eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full-time course of study; disclose other scholarship programs that you’ve applied for; enroll and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after your selection (verification needed, as scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools); have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage.


The scholarship recipients are selected based on: academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, personal qualities and strengths as portrayed in a personal interview, either in-person or by phone. No essay is needed. The only other requirements are these documents: transcript, personal statement, letter of recommendation to be submitted online, list of community service projects, FAFSA report and/or 1040s. Go here for more information:


Name: Elks Scholarship - Legacy Award
Amount: $4,000
Deadline: January 29, 2021
Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2018, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2018, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2021. Great-grandchildren are not eligible. If your parent and grandparent are both Elk members, you should apply through your parent’s Elks Lodge. The Selection Committee judges applications based on the following values: knowledge, charity, community, and integrity. Applications available online

Name: National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 5, 2021

Eagle Scouts may apply for NESA scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school and, if not selected, may re-apply through their junior year in college. Must be a NESA member to receive a scholarship. Applications for all scholarships are available online at

Name: Calla Varner Scholarship (Local)

Amount: $600 (renewable) 

Due: February 5, 2021

St. Joseph students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and an ACT score of at least 20. Student must show some financial need. Submit a completed application and an essay explaining your need for this scholarship. Click here for the application.


Name: Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Amount: $500-$5000

Deadline: February 8, 2021

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Eligibility requirements: Must be of Hispanic heritage; minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for high school students; plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2021-2022 academic year; be a US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA); and complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable). The application is found online at


Name: Bob Stuart Memorial Aviation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 8, 2021

This scholarship is intended for students with an interest in aviation. Scholarship applicants will be judged in one of two categories, with individual awards for each category: Professional Category: This category is intended for students pursuing a degree in Airport Management, Airport Operations, Aeronautical Science, Professional Pilot, Engineering or other similar pursuits. Technical Category: This category is intended for students pursuing a program for an A&P Mechanic Certificate, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Management, Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate, Flight Operations or Dispatch Professional, or other similar pursuits. Eligible students should submit a completed application form; Provide an official transcript of all academic work, high school and college (if applicable); Provide a typewritten essay describing your sincere interest in an aviation career; Provide a letter of reference; Be a Missouri resident and U.S citizen attending or planning to attend an accredited college, university or trade school full –time within the United States at the time of application; Have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Application available online:


Name: Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship

Amount: $500-$5,000

Deadline: February 8, 2021

This scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for college-bound students to give thoughtful consideration to the impact Alzheimer's disease has on their own lives and others in their family and community. To qualify students must be a US citizen and plan to enter an accredited 4-year college/university. Must submit application and essay online at


Name: Dr. Darrell “Jack” Holley/MUSIC Scholarship
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: February 10, 2021

Central High School can submit one application to the Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC) organization. All applications must be typed/printed. No handwritten applications will be considered. Application packet should include a letter of recommendation from a district administrator, counselor or teacher (submit only one letter). Click here for the application.


Name: Missouri PTA Teacher Education Scholarship
Amount: $500 (Renewable)
Deadline: February 8, 2021
Students must be planning to pursue a degree in education, demonstrate good character and personality, have above average scholastic ability and show financial need. Students must attend a school in Missouri and work in a MO public school after earning a degree or repay the money. CHS may only nominate one student. Three letters of reference are required with the application. More information available online at Click here for the fillable application.


Name: Scholarships for Military Children Program

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: February 10, 2021

Only students who possess a valid (not expired) U.S. Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card and whose parent(s) are serving, or have served, in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard may apply for a scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate program of study leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2020. High school applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis).  Must also submit a 500 word essay and high school transcript. Apply online at


Name: MOCPA Accounting Scholarship

Amount: $500
Deadline: February 19, 2021
This scholarship is for seniors planning to pursue an accounting degree at a college in Missouri. Scholarships will be awarded based on a point system, rating their GPA, educator recommendation, leadership potential (activities and honors), and essay. In addition, ACT/SAT score is factored in for high school seniors. Must be a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs (high school membership is free). If you are not currently a member you can go online to sign up for a membership. Applicants must also be recommended by a teacher or school administrator - there is an online recommendation form that must be submitted. Apply online at


Name: NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship

Amount: $1,500-2,500

Deadline: February 22, 2021

Applicant must be a senior in high school, must have achieved at least one of the following: (a) minimum of B+ average; (b) ranked in the top 25% of class; (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100 (Math and Reading). Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport and have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports. Must complete attached scholar/essay application and must submit a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director. More information available online: Click here for the application.  


Name: Project 21 Scholarship (Missouri Gaming Association)

Amount: $1,000-1,500

Deadline: February 22, 2021

The Project 21 Scholarship Program provides students an opportunity to disseminate their message by writing an article or creating a poster or video addressing the issue of underage gambling. See the application packet for details on what is to be included in the article, poster, or video. More information available online at Click here for the application.


Name: Missouri STEM Signing Day Scholarship (My Scholarship Central)

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 22, 2021

Eligible students must be a: 2021 high school senior; Must attend high school in Missouri; Planning to attend a STEM program at a 2-year, 4-year or technical college in Fall 2021; Must attend a college in Missouri; Planning to pursue a STEM career pathway. Applications will be evaluated on the basis on passion for STEM learning, advancing society through STEM, high school activity involvement and scholarship. More information and the application is available online at apply, students will submit the application via My Scholarship Central.


Name: Missouri State University Annual Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 22, 2021

Complete the MSU Annual Scholarship Application no later than March 1. You must be admitted to MSU in order to access and complete this scholarship application. More information available online at


Name: Missouri Courage Scholarship
Amount: $500-$2,000

Deadline: February 22, 2021

This scholarship is open to Missouri students seeking higher education who have worked to advance the dignity and equality of the LGBTQ community, the lives of people of color, religious minorities, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, or other social justice causes. We believe the advancement and inclusion of any marginalized group is essential to the empowerment of all who have been marginalized. Applications will be comprehensively evaluated on a variety of metrics including academic achievement, school involvement, community engagement, diversity, demonstrations of courage, and commitment to enhancing the lives of LGBTQ individuals and working toward social justice. Scholarships are paid directly to the accredited college/university/vocational school of their choice, where they must be enrolled as a full-time student. Applicants' information will only be shared with scholarship committee members of MCS and partner organizations. Go here for more information:


Name: College Board Opportunity Scholarship

Amount: $500-$40,000

Deadline: February 22, 2021

This scholarship is open to all class of 2021 students who attend high school in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. There is no citizenship requirement. This program is open to students regardless of their family income. There are various scholarship deadlines from July 2020 through the end of February 2021, so log into the website soon to be eligible for more scholarship opportunities. Go to the website and click on “Earn Scholarships” to get started.


Name: FCS Financial

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: February 22, 2021

Applicant must be a child or grandchild of a FCS Financial customer. Applicant must designate which office services the account and plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or university (preference given to those attending college in Missouri). The application requires information on school activities, volunteer and work history, and two (2) essays are required.  In the past, the school counselor needed to complete an Academic Achievement Form - be sure to include your school counselor's email address if this is required. Apply online at


Name: American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship

Amount: $2,500-10,000

Deadline: February 22, 2021

Be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit or Sons of The American Legion squadron.  Applicant must also have received the Eagle Scout award, be an active member of his religious institution and received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem.  Demonstrate practical citizenship in church, school, scouting, and community.  More information available online at


Name: Scholar Link Scholarships (local)
Amount: Varies
Deadline: February 22, 2021
Students should complete one application via Scholar Link to apply for multiple local scholarships. Click here for a complete list. Students may need to upload many documents, including (but not limited to) a 7th-semester transcript and letters of recommendation. Click here for instructions to set up an account. Please see Mrs. McCamy or Mrs. Richardson with questions. 


Name: Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation
Amount: $1,000-10,000
Deadline: February 23, 2021

Students must have a 2.0 GPA on 4.0 scale and be a son/daughter of a US Marine or Navy Corpsman who is serving or has served as part of the US Marine unit (active duty, reserve, honorable discharge, medical discharge, wounded, or killed). The student must be planning to attend an accredited undergraduate college or vocational/technical school in the upcoming academic year.  The family adjusted gross income cannot exceed $106,000 for the tax year of 2020. Several documents need to be uploaded as part of the application process. Visit  for any questions and detailed instructions on how to apply. 


Name: Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 2, 2021
Scholarship contest for high school students in which you will create a Christmas card, holiday card, birthday card, or an all-occasion greeting card. All designs or photographs must be the original work of the applicant. Applicants can submit a photo, artwork, or computer graphic that is appropriate for business and consumer use. More information and application available online at


Name: Dr. George S. Richmond Memorial Scholarship (Sunrise Optimist Club) (Local)

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 4, 2021

Open to all graduating seniors in Andrew and Buchanan County who will be attending Missouri Western State University. Three letters of recommendation are required and students will respond to a few short questions. The letters of recommendation and clarity to which the questions are answered influence the scoring of the application the greatest. It is important that students complete the Family Income Field as it influences 20% of the overall score. The winner of the scholarship will attend an Optimist Club meeting as a guest for breakfast. Submit the application, three letters of recommendation, activity list, and essay. Click here for the application. 

Name: Masonic Scholarship Fund
Amount: $1,000-13,000 (renewable)
Deadline: March 5, 2021
Three scholarships are offered through the Masonic Scholarship Fund. Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on scholastic performance and aptitude. Along with the application, students need to submit a typed essay, activity list, community/volunteer activities and short list of extenuating circumstances (if applicable).

The three scholarships and their specific criteria are as follows:

1.     Masonic Merit Scholarship - A $1,000/year scholarship available to students in any degree program.

2.    Ruth Lutes Bachmann Scholarship - A $1,000/year scholarship for students seeking a degree in the education or healthcare fields.

3.    Samuel Smith Stewart Masonic Scholarship - An $13,000/year scholarship available to students in any degree program.

One application is used for all three scholarships. More information available online at here for the application.

Name: MOACAC Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship (My Scholarship Central)
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: March 9, 2021
MOACAC is offering scholarships to students who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated leadership skills and/or community service involvement.  Recipient must be attending a post-secondary school that is a member of MOACAC and have a 2.5 GPA. This scholarship application is available via a scholarship portal called "My Scholarship Central".  To apply for this scholarship, students must complete the "general scholarship application" via My Scholarship Central. Once the general scholarship application is submitted, students will select "opportunities" in the blue bar at the top of the page. Then select "recommended" and find the "Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship".  More information about this scholarship available online at


Name: Shelter Insurance scholarship (local)

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 17, 2021

Applicants will be selected based on: scholastic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community activities, citizenship and moral character, and educational goals. Children of any Shelter Insurance Agent or employee are NOT eligible recipients of Scholarships. The scholarship recipient must accept the scholarship by enrolling in a college or university by the September following his/her high school graduation. Click here for the application.

Name: North Central Missouri College Scholarship Application

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 25, 2021 

To be considered for a scholarship from NCMC, students must be admitted as a degree-seeking student. Application includes an essay of 500 words or less. Go here for more information and application:


Name: Elaine Chapin Fund

Amount: up to $1,000
Deadline: April 20, 2021

Recipients will be chosen on the basis of financial need, academic standing and the impact with which multiple sclerosis has affected their lives. Applicants must be citizens of the United States who plan to enroll or are enrolled at an accredited two or four year college, university, vocational or technical school located in the United States. Applicants must send their completed application, an official transcript of their most recent academic grades, a personal essay detailing how MS has affected your life (500 word maximum), plus (2) letters of recommendation. Click here for the application.

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